Mollie Hunt and Heather Ames

Join us for a multi-book launch event from local authors Mollie Hunt and Heather Ames! Among the featured releases are Hunt’s Cat Noel, a Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery Christmas novella, and Ames’s Swift Retribution, book three in the Brian Swift & Kaylen Roberts mystery/suspense series.

In Cat Noel, Lynley finds a new meaning of Christmas when a Wiccan’s familiar is catnapped, and Lynley becomes her only hope.

Lynley Cannon is dreading the Holidays. The sixty-something cat shelter volunteer would rather hang out with cats that brave her daughter’s soulless Christmas gala, so when a witch’s beloved kitty is catnapped, Lynley grabs the excuse to skip out on her social obligations.

Though Lynley knows little about the white witchcraft known as Wicca, she does know cats and can’t decline a plea for help when one goes missing. Then the witch disappears as well. Lynley, compelled by her cat-like curiosity, sets out to search for the pair, but the task is more difficult than she’d thought.

A freak snow storm and a crazed captor take things in a dangerous direction. As Lynley endures the cold dark of confinement, the Christmas spirit brings a strength she never knew she possessed.

In Swift Retribution, Brian Swift and Kaylen Roberts should have everything they ever wanted. Kaylen’s about to open her second supper club, Brian’s in charge of the Cold Case squad, and their relationship is stable. But the men who murdered Brian’s brother still haven’t been brought to justice, and Brian wants revenge.

When Kaylen’s former mentor, Sam Wilson, returns to Miami and Brian gets involved with an active triple homicide, stability shakes hands with turmoil, and chaos results.

Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of THE CRAZY CAT LADY COZY MYSTERY SERIES, featuring Portlander Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. The 3rd in the series, CAT’S PAW, was a finalist for the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem Book Award, and the 5th, CAT CAFÉ, won the World’s Best Cat Litter-ary Award in 2019.

Mollie’s sci-fantasy, CAT SUMMER (Fire Star Press) is the first in her CAT SEASONS TETRALOGY where cats save the world from an evil older than history—twice! Mollie also published a non-cat mystery, PLACID RIVER RUNS DEEP, which delves into murder, obsession, and the challenge of chronic illness in bucolic southwest Washington. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies, one of which, THE DREAM SPINNER, won the prestigious CWA Muse Medallion. She has a little book of Cat Poems as well.

Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, the Cat Writers’ Association, and NIWA. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.

Heather Ames is a world traveler, documentary filmmaker and storyteller now living in Salem, Oregon. Her novels combine mystery, suspense and romance. After a long career in healthcare, she has finally committed to writing full-time. She plans to launch a new mystery series with paranormal elements in 2020 as well as continuing to expand her current series and writing more stand-alone novels.

The Sixth Storm – Kim Cooper Findling and Libby Findling

Join us for a reading from The Sixth Storm, named one of 4 new and noteworthy teen books for spring 2019 by the Oregonian.

The weather on the Oregon Coast can be deadly.

Every January, Skye Clancy’s mother slips into despair on the anniversary of a devastating storm that claimed her sister. But no one may talk about it, or any of the other strange deaths that haunt the family. This January, days before Skye’s 14th birthday, a new set of vicious storms unleash upon her Oregon Coast town. Clues begin to appear, and Skye realizes the weather is tormenting her family above all others and has been for decades. As a family legacy of death and destruction by terrible weather is revealed, in the face of nature’s fury, Skye embarks on a journey into the wild woods—and into the past—to solve the mystery and reverse the curse.

Kim Cooper Findling is a fifth-generation Oregonian and award-winning writer and editor of stories about her beloved home state. She is the author of Bend, Oregon Daycations: Day Trips for Curious Families, Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler and Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir. For the last two decades, she has worked as a magazine editor, travel writer, memoirist, journalist, teacher and author from Bend, Oregon. See kimcooperfindling.com.

Libby Findling is a sixth-generation Oregonian and a student in Bend, Oregon. She is an accomplished actor, musician, comedienne, writer and storyteller. She loves rivers, rain, wandering the forests of Oregon and jamming out to blasting music. In the future, she hopes to create songs, films, and more books.

 

Inkwater Authors Night

Join us for our monthly reading by authors from Inkwater Press! This month we welcome Justin A. McWhirter, Lisa Manning, and R.M. Allan.

Thorne in the Rose City by Justin A. McWhirter: Thorne is an out of town loan shark who arrives in Portland, Oregon, for what was supposed to be an easy pick-up job. That is until he finds his target already dead, leaving him accidentally caught in a tangled mess of gun running, drug dealing, shady non-profit organizations, and Portland’s darkest secret— a secret the city is desperately trying to forget.

Falcons in the City by Lisa Manning: Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be a bird of prey? Frida, the peregrine falcon, narrates the story of how her family came to live in the city of Portland, Oregon, in the early 1990s. Although you might not expect it, cities—densely populated areas of the planet—can be permanent homes to all sorts of wildlife: coyotes, skunks, raccoons, red-tailed hawks, and even peregrine falcons!

“Falcons in the City,” a tale created from true stories of human-falcon interactions in Portland, is accompanied by beautiful watercolor illustrations. Once you learn this story of a falcon living on a bridge in a river city of the Pacific Northwest, you will be sure to bring binoculars on your next visit—and maybe catch a glimpse of Frida’s peregrine family!

Marco Martinez by R.M. Allan: 1867. The American Civil War is over, yet confusion and bitterness live on throughout the country and in the hearts of many. Marco Martinez steps out of the ashes of the war, a young man turned bounty hunter in search of his share of the legendary dream of something shiny and new and different calling from somewhere out West. Will the shadows of the near past—the sounds of the battlefield and the phantoms that haunt his dreams define him? Or will Marco Martinez somehow find himself while searching to bring outlaws to justice?

Justin A. McWhirter lives in Portland, Oregon, but like most people here in the Rose City is originally from somewhere else, having called Connecticut home before.

A naturalist, story lover, teacher, writer, and artist at heart, Lisa Manning lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Dennis and daughter Lucy. She has a Masters degree in Outdoor Education and teaches elementary art, sings and plays her ukulele in Cajun and jug band jams, and designs T-shirts and wine labels. “Falcons in the City” is her first book!

R.M. Allan is a native of Oregon, where he currently resides with his family and a couple of cats named Harry and Sassy. He enjoys Americana, pinball, travel, American History, Action and Spy/ Thriller novels. He considers himself a dreamer: an imaginative and creative person always looking forward to what’s ahead.

Shallow Waters – Kay Jennings

Join us for a reading from Native Oregonian Kay Jennings, in which she introduces a thrilling new mystery series set alongside Oregon’s rugged Pacific coast.

A sleepy Oregon coastal village with secrets as dark as its January storms. A new police chief with his own shadowy past.

The last thing Port Stirling Chief of Police Matt Horning needed on day one of his new job was for the mayor’s daughter to turn up dead in a mysterious tunnel on the Oregon beach. Horning, escaping professional troubles in Texas, accepts the vacant job in Port Stirling, Oregon, looking for a fresh start in what he thought would be a peaceful coastal town. Nothing much ever happens here…or does it?

With only a ragtag county crime team to assist him, Horning must match wits with a diabolical killer, the likes of which this quiet village has never seen. An aggressive district attorney, who doesn’t fancy relinquishing the limelight to the new chief, makes his job even more difficult.

For one week in wild and stormy January, Horning calls on all of his detective skills to investigate the unlikely murder. As soon as he starts asking questions, Port Stirling begins to unveil its dark underbelly amid stunning revelations.

From the 300-foot bluffs ringing the white-sand pristine beach, to the posh golf resort at odds with the blue-collar town, Horning and his new team work at break-neck speed to uncover the facts. But will they find the killer before he – or she – strikes again? Will a psychopath ruin Matt Horning’s new life before he can even start it?

KAY JENNINGS was born in the southwest corner of Oregon in a small town not unlike her fictional Port Stirling, and she now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Steve, a technology entrepreneur.

Jennings has enjoyed a long career in corporate communications in such varied industries as tourism, healthcare, and sports. Since 2000, she has owned Paris Communications, a marketing, PR, and publishing firm. She is particularly proud of her writing and coaching role at BleacherReport.com, a sports website, where her focus was college and NFL football.

Like many Oregonians, Jennings is passionate about gardening, and earned Master Gardener status. A true plant nerd, she is obsessively zealous about growing vegetables, although with 39 mostly David Austin roses, one could also make the case that she is a tiny bit obsessed with roses, too.

She loves the outdoors, particularly in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and is happiest hiking, playing golf, and enjoying the beaches, rivers, and lakes. A determined, avid traveler since her teens, Jennings has visited dozens of countries around the world.

Beyond the Ripples – Dede Montgomery

Join us for a reading from the latest by local author Dede Montgomery: Beyond the Ripples, a multigenerational mystery set in the Pacific Northwest.

Months after spying a bottle wedged into a fallen cottonwood snag in the Columbia River, Ernest pulls it from the river. The bottle’s note connects Ernest, an old man living in a tiny Oregon town, to teenage Annie, and provokes a mysterious and sudden friendship between Ernest’s daughter Amelia with Sarah, the daughter of the most recent resident of the home Annie once occupied. The two middle-aged women are keen to learn more about Annie and her secret, and in the process, they’re forced to confront unfinished business with their mothers, intimate relationships, and regrets over life choices.

Dede Montgomery is a West Linn resident and a 6th generation Oregonian who presented My Music Man as a 2019 Oregon Capitol Foundation Speaker on Oregon’s 2019 birthday. She also blogs in “Musings on Life in Oregon.” Dede works at OHSU in workplace safety, health and well-being education and outreach. Learn more about her writing at her website.

This Will Destroy You – Pedram Navab

Paris, France. 1885. Bernadette Soubirous, a patient at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, where Sigmund Freud and Jean-Martin Charcot treated “hysterics,” commits mass suicide with other women, drowning themselves in the Seine. 1975. Christopher Laurent, a paranoiac with a cardiac condition, seeks the assistance of Dr. Anna Freud, fearing a group of informants is following him. 1985. Marc Bernard, renowned plastic surgeon at the Pitie-Salpetriere, harbors a dark secret that will make him question his identity. After a car accident, he is facially disfigured. It is the unanticipated collision between these disparate characters that propels This Will Destroy You, a compellingly original and gripping psychological thriller, revealing a destructive force that lies within each of us.

Pedram Navab is a neurologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine who currently resides in Los Angeles. Educated at Brown and Stanford, he holds both a graduate degree in English/Modern Culture and Media and a JD. His debut novel, Without Anesthesia, was published in 2015 (Jaded Ibis). In his spare time, he acts and makes short films.

As Directed – Kathleen Valenti

AS DIRECTED: In the shadow of a past fraught with danger and tainted by loss, former pharmaceutical researcher Maggie O’Malley is rebuilding her life, trading test tubes for pill bottles as she embarks on a new career at the corner drugstore. But as she spreads her wings, things begin to go terribly wrong. A customer falls ill in the store. Followed by another. And then more. The specter of poisoning arises, conjuring old grudges, past sins, buried secrets and new suspicions from which no one is immune. As Maggie and her best friend Constantine begin to investigate, they discover that some of the deadliest doses come from the most unexpected places.

Kathleen Valenti is the author of the Maggie O’Malley Mystery Series, which includes her Agatha- and Lefty-nominated debut novel, Protocol. When Kathleen isn’t writing page-turning mysteries that combine humor and suspense, she works as a nationally award-winning advertising copywriter. She lives in Oregon with her family where she pretends to enjoy running. Learn more at www.kathleenvalenti.com.

Mollie Hunt, Cat Café: A Crazy Cat Lady Mystery

Join us in welcoming Mollie Hunt with the latest installment of her cozy Crazy Cat Lady mystery series, Cat Café!

A body is discovered on the floor of the cat café, and all the black cats are missing!

Sixty-something cat shelter volunteer Lynley Cannon always finds more trouble than a cat in catnip, but this time it’s not about her. Someone is targeting very senior citizens, and when Bea Landrew, elderly owner of the Blue Cat café turns up dead, Lynley’s mom Carol could be next.

Handsome Detective Devon is looking for a link between the victims when he makes a different sort of connection— with Lynley! It’s been a long time since the cat lady had romance in her life, but while her mom is in danger, the case comes first.

It appears the cat café will go the way of its deceased owner, but Bea’s grandson, a slick Miami businessman, steps in at the last minute. Arthur is not a cat person so why would he bother? Romeo, the big Russian Blue, senses ulterior motives, but who will listen to a cat?

A black cat rescue, an antique photograph, an elaborate payback. Is this killer seeking justice or vengeance? With death as the objective, the results are the same.

Mollie Hunt & Tinkerbelle, Registered Pet Partners

Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of THE CRAZY CAT LADY COZY MYSTERY SERIES, featuring Portland native Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. Mollie also published a non-cat mystery, PLACID RIVER RUNS DEEP, which delves into murder, obsession, and the challenge of chronic illness in bucolic southwest Washington. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies, one of which, THE DREAM SPINNER, won the prestigious CWA Muse Medallion this year.

Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, the Cat Writers’ Association, and the Northwest Independent Writers Association. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.

Cat Café, Mollie Hunt’s latest Crazy Cat Lady mystery, will be released October 29th, to coincide with National Cat Day. The 3rd in her series, Cat’s Paw, was a finalist in the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem Book Award. Mollie is the recipient of four CWA Muse Medallion honors for her cat writing.

Local Author Kathleen Valenti

Join us in welcoming Kathleen Valenti for a reading from 39 Winks, the next book in the Maggie O’Malley series.

Former pharmaceutical researcher Maggie O’Malley is losing sleep. Her best friend Constantine’s Aunt Polly is a multitasking sleepwalker who, in addition to wandering her stately home, prepares meals, folds laundry and, one winter night, stumbles across her husband with his throat slit.

It’s a rude and gruesome awakening that’s upsetting to Aunt Polly. And interesting to the police.

Maggie and Constantine work to uncover who killed the cosmetic surgery mogul and why. As they dig into the lives of those who knew him best, they discover that the truth is only skin deep and doctoring perception is a treatment with deadly side effects.

A gripping page-turner with more twists than a surgeon’s suture, 39 Winks is a tale of lies, betrayals and greed that will keep you up at night. And looking over your shoulder.

Kathleen has been writing for more than 20 years, first as a nationally award-winning copywriter and now as a mystery novelist. A firm believer that deadpan can be dead-on, she combines funny with frightening to craft page-turners of mystery and suspense.

Her debut mystery, Agatha- and Lefty-nominated Protocol, examines the flaws of technology, the price of modern medicine and the depths of greed to uncover what happens when the invisible among us disappear. In her second book, 39 Winks, protagonist Maggie O’Malley comes to the aid of her best friend’s aunt after she discovers her husband’s body during a sleepwalking episode.

Kathleen lives in Central Oregon with her family, where she pretends to enjoy running.

 

Mystery Book Group – July

Let’s see what all the hype is about! This month we’re reading Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, which has been getting a lot of buzz for the year that it’s been out. It should appeal to Agatha Christie fans who don’t mind a grittier homage. We meet the third Tuesday of every month to talk about mysteries and thrillers and have started a wait list for anyone who might be interested in joining!